The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

February 18, 2019

Regional Director, Molly Kocialski, joins a panel hosted by Hispanics and Technology which features e xperts from industry, traditional educational, tech academies and community organizations to offer insights on the various paths to tech careers. For event registration and additional information...

February 20, 2019

If you work in a creative field, you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn how copyrights play a role in your life, how to protect your original works of authorship, and understand current trends in copyright law. Gain an understanding of how copyrights can add value to your small business or...

February 20, 2019

EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will no longer be able to authenticate using PKI certificates after February 15, 2019. There is now a new, simpler, and safer login method . The USPTO is moving from using PKI certificates for two-factor authentication because the software will no longer be supported...

February 20, 2019

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U. S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 1 - Patent Process - April 17, 2019; July 17, 2019; October 16, 2019. Part 2 -...

February 20, 2019

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). The TXRO will continue its 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 is an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web, and USPTO resources. Class 2 discusses key aspects of...

February 20, 2019

Authors, scribes, and wordsmiths: you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn to protect your original works of authorship and understand current trends in copyright law. Get insights on how to avoid costly mistakes and add value to your work. Space is limited so register soon . Regional Director...

February 21, 2019

If you are a small business owner, learn how to work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the Federal Small Business Procurement and Technology Plus Expo. The USPTO’s small business specialist and industry liaison will conduct business matchmaking and provide insights into small...

February 21, 2019

Songwriters and composers: you can't afford to ignore copyrights. Learn to protect your original work and understand current trends in copyright law. Get insights on how to avoid costly mistakes, add value to your music, and establish your rights. Space is limited so register soon . Following a...

February 21, 2019

Learn how to use the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), which allows you to conveniently fill out and submit USPTO forms and make quick online payments by credit card, electronic funds transfer, or through an existing USPTO deposit account. register for this webinar soon . USPTO...

February 21, 2019

Attend the Copyright Legal Forum to learn about the current state of the U.S. Copyright Office and hot topics in copyright law. RSVP early with the password "copyright" . Tickets are complimentary, with a requested $10 donation at the door. Cancelations will be accepted up to three days prior to...

News & Updates

February 13, 2019 Henry “Jamie” Holcombe appointed chief information officer

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Henry “Jamie” Holcombe as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. Holcombe’s first full day in his new role will be Monday, February 25, 2019.  Holcombe joins the USPTO after more than…

February 7, 2019 United States moves up in international rankings for patent protection

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) ranked the United States in second place for Patents, Related Rights, and Limitations in its 2019 International IP Index, reflecting a significant improvement in patent protection policy. In addition, this…

January 30, 2019 U.S. ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) welcomed the recent ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

January 16, 2019 Nominations sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2019 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is the country's highest award for technological achievement and is presented by the president of the United States.

November 29, 2018 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan sets out the USPTO’s mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and timeliness; and, to provide…